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Badges - Our Day, Nation & Honor, World War I, 1915-1919 Object Reg. No: SH 950223

Alternative Name(s): Button, Pin

Two World War I-era badges inscribed 'Our Day Nation & Honour', and featuring an image of British nurse Edith Louisa Cavell, died at the hands of a German firing squad in 1915. She was found guilty of assisting allied soldiers to escape from Belgium. Her final words were 'Patriotism is not enough'. Her death prompted an outpouring of grief, and she became a heroic figure of sacrifice World War I, used to increase military recruitment in Britain and win support for the war in the United States.
Two round metal badges in red, white, black and brown. Red border with white centre. Red cross in centre with picture of nurse in middle of cross. Words round edge of inner circle in black. Pin at back fits into slot.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Museum of Victoria Numismatics Collection, 1995
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 2.20 cm (Height), 2.20 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: community organisations services, world war i 1914-1918, nursing
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Edith Louisa Cavell, World War I Nurse (1865-1915)
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Civilian Life
Tertiary Classification: fundraising
Inscriptions: Round inner edge: 'OUR DAY NATION & HONOR'.
Person Commemorated: Edith Cavell, 1915-1918
Place Made: Australia
Place Used: Australia
References: WORLDBOOK ENCYC: Vol C. p.246; 'Edith Cavell', Wikipedia, accessed 10/9/2012.

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